One of the more exciting aspects of the NFL Draft isn’t which players get picked when, but who does the picking. Especially with so much uncertainty at the top of the draft and where the quarterback position is concerned. Some teams who are desperate for that final piece that they feel will get them to the Super Bowl, are likely to trade up and make that big splash. Others in the more developmental aspect of their team building will look to trade down; especially since there’s a lot of talent to be found in the second and third rounds of this year’s draft. For a look at who are the most likely players to draft up or down, check below.
Most Likely to Trade Up
Jacksonville Jaguars: I don’t necessarily see them jumping from the number two spot to first overall, but I do see them getting two first round picks out of this draft. This will depend entirely on whether they draft Geno Smith with the second overall pick, or if the Bills do at the eighth. If neither is the case and he’s still available in the mid to late twenties, expect the Jags to jump and grab him.
Buffalo Bills: Similar situation to the Jaguars. They won’t need to move ahead to land one of either Ryan Nassib or Geno Smith, but could compete with the Jags to land one of the two with a jump back into the first round towards the end of it.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers need help at offensive tackle and they need it badly. Then again, so do the Cardinals and Titans ahead of them. If Lane Johnson is still available after the Cardinals make their pick I could see the Chargers jumping a few spots to land him.
Houston Texans: The Texans window is starting to shrink. Not by a lot, but the process is starting. They are in compete-now mode and need a second receiving option to get the job done. Could see them moving up to land one of either Cordarrelle Patterson, Tavon Austin or Justin Hunter.
Most Likely to Trade Down
Cleveland Browns: The Browns would like to recoup a second round pick after losing this years due to their second round selection of Josh Gordon in last year’s supplemental draft. They’ve also been deploying quite the smokescreen about their want for Dee Milliner. Any corner hungry team could pounce on their 6th overall pick.
New York Giants: Have a lot of places on the depth chart that could use tweaking but none more so than linebacker. They just so happen to never draft linebackers in the first round.
Atlanta Falcons: Thomas Dimitroff likes to make a big splash in free agency and has a big need at corner. I could definitely see him moving way up to land either Xavier Rhodes or Desmond Trufant.
Baltimore Ravens: They have a lot of draft picks and could probably use every last one of them to fill all the departed roster spots. Then again, they’re looking pretty weak at wide receiver as of right now.
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